Court Restrains EFCC From Investigating Senate President, Bukola Saraki

Court Restrains EFCC From Investigating Senate President, Bukola Saraki

A Federal High Court in Abuja has stopped the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission from investigating Bukola Saraki, Senate President of
Nigeria.  

The EFCC had said it would investigate Saraki’s earning while he was
the Governor of Kwara State from 2003 to 2011. Saraki, who described the
investigation as a witch-hunt, approached the court, filing two charges
in order to restrain the anti-graft agency from probing his earnings
and emoluments.  

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Sunday Onubi, Saraki’s lawyer, charged Abubakar Malami, Attorney
General of the Federation; Department of State Services; Muhammed Adamu,
Inspector General of Police; Independent Corrupt Practices and other
related Offences Commission (ICPC); and Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT);
alongside the EFCC.  

Justice Taiwo Taiwo who presided over the case ordered the EFCC to
suspend the probe. Delivering the ruling, Justice Taiwo stated that the
interim order is in the exercise of “its discretion judicially and
judiciously applied by the law and statues.”  

He added, “By the provision of Order 4(3) of the Fundamental Rights
Civil Procedure Rules, 2009, the court may, if satisfied that the
applicant may be caused hardship before the service of an application
where liberty or life of the applicant is involved hear the application
ex parte upon such interim reliefs as the justice of the application may
demand.

I am of the view, after due consideration of the aforesaid, that this
court ought to make the order being sought by the applicant pending the
hearing and determination of the originating motion on notice.”

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